NAVIGATING GRIEF AND LOSS is designed to support all of us through difficult and upsetting times. It’s a relatable and useful guide with practical applications to help navigate the profound experience of loss, be it an elderly parent, succumbing to a lingering illness, the shock of an accidental death, a small business shuttered, a divorce after years of conflict, or euthanasia of a beloved pet. Each short chapter honestly describes a personal experience dealing with death or grief—staying at a hospice facility at my mother’s bedside, feeling frustrated by the options for a terminally ill friend, navigating changed relationships after someone dies, the shock and shame of an unwanted divorce, managing the overwhelming pain of bereavement—and is followed by a brief practice—a meditation, exercise, or contemplation that readers can use to discover insights and truths and find some solace for their own struggles and sorrow.
Kimberly Brown leads meditation classes and retreats that emphasize the power of compassion and kindness to reconnect us to ourselves and others. Her teachings provide an approachable pathway to personal and collective well-being through effective and modern techniques based on traditional practices. She studies in both the Tibetan and Insight schools of Buddhism and is a certified mindfulness instructor.
Brown's ability to help one navigate loss through a loving and compassionate lens, is exactly the type of approach to healing we all need. —Nina Purewal, co-author of the International Bestseller, Let That Sh*t Go
What can you do to prepare for loss? Or can you prepare? Kimberly Brown writes poignantly about the loss of parents, job and friends and how we can navigate the bereavement process. Learning to respond in a wise, sympathetic and caring way is useful for everyone because no matter what - loss will come our way. "Navigating Grief" describes 25 practices to support us through trying times and is sure to resonate with anyone who has been impacted by grief. — Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change
This book is a bell of mindfulness, waking us up to the reality of the uncontrollability of life, and it is also a balm that extends an outstretched hand to us, full of acceptance and understanding for wherever we may be on our journey with grief. It is packed with insightful and deeply honest personal stories of navigating the precarious landscape of loss that will instruct and soothe the heart of anyone struggling to move forward in the face of life's upheavals. Kimberly Brown offers concrete Buddhist wisdom on how to make it through the toughest of times by learning to direct our greatest resource--our mind, as well as simple and effective meditations for being with and caring for grief, anger, and confusion with tenderness and compassion. This is a timely and important book and I highly recommend it. — Kaira Jewel Lingo, author of We Were Made for These Times: Ten Lessons on Moving Through Change, Loss and Disruption
NetGalley Review: 5 stars
Last updated on 07 Jun 2022
"This is a powerful addition to the literature on grief and loss from the spiritual lens of Buddhism. As someone who is still learning about Buddhist philosophy and practice I gleaned so much from this book. I enjoyed the meditations and prayers in each chapter and the clinical distinctions made between prolonged grief, complicated grief and the many ways grief and bereavement can look for folks seeking healing and peace- among these noted are psychotherapy, pastoral guidance, and formal grief counseling. There are so many great resources included within the resources section as well. This book is a great self help selection or addition to the book shelf of any mental health practitioner. Thank you to the author and publisher for the ARC copy."—Emely Rumble, consumer reviewer
NetGalley Review: 4 stars
Last updated on 21 Jun 2022
"Quick, provocative advice from an eastern perspective on how to cope with grief and loss. Provides concrete strategies and supporting cases to illustrate a wealth of possible issues and challenges associated with grief and loss. An ideal guidebook for professionals who deal with death as part of their work, but also a welcome read for those who want to proactively think about how they might deal with issues of grief and loss."—Bob DuBois, University of Tennessee